Google’s “Pony Express” Could Offer Bill-Paying Through Gmail
Google may soon introduce a service enabling consumers to receive and pay bills directly from their Gmail accounts, according to a report in Re/code.
According to documents viewed by Re/code, the project is known as “Pony Express.” The digital payment service may roll out in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Pony Express will use a third party to verify someone’s identity and the personal information they have provided. This may include a social security number and/or phone number. After verification, users can register a debit card, credit card or bank account to pay bills that are delivered to their mailbox.
Pony Express will also allow people to forward bills from their Gmail inbox to other Gmail users in order to split the cost. This could come in handy with roommates, parents or spouses. Bills could also be marked for automatic payment.
The service would further increase Google’s access to data. Bills and payments would provide Google with a treasure trove of information to mine for their ad network.
Google has refused any comment on the report from Re/code.